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Diabetes: What Should Be On Your Shopping List

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Everyone should be careful with what they eat, but diabetics should double that attention and that’s why they should be extra careful with what they buy. According to American Diabetes Association, here is an example of how a diabetic shopping list should be (you can always adapt it according to what you prefer to eat).

On your refrigerator you should have:

  • Fresh fruit (a few of your favorites)
  • Fresh vegetables (a few of your favorites – focus mostly on non-starchy vegetables)
  • Skim milk, 1% low-fat milk, or unsweetened soy milk (whatever you prefer)
  • Nonfat or low-fat yogurt
  • Eggs or egg substitute
  • Cottage cheese
  • Reduced-fat cheese
  • Fresh meat, poultry, or fish that you’ll use in the next few days
  • Trans-free margarine or margarine with plant sterols or stanols

On your freezer you should have:

  • Frozen fruit
  • Frozen vegetables
  • Frozen fish fillets or shellfish
  • Frozen chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)

On your spice cabinet you should have:

  • Balsamic vinegar or other vinegars that you cook with (for example, white wine, rice, or cider vinegar)
  • Pepper
  • Salt-free spices – your favorites
  • Salt-free dried herbs or spice blends
  • Cooking spray
  • Vegetable oil
  • Olive oil

On your pantry you should have:

  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned fruit (canned in juice, if available)
  • Canned beans
  • Fat-free refried beans
  • Canned tuna or salmon
  • Instant oatmeal or quick oats
  • Whole grain cereal (unsweetened)
  • Brown rice or other whole grains (such as quinoa, bulgur, or whole grain barley)
  • Pasta (try whole wheat)
  • 100% whole wheat bread or pita bread
  • Dried fruit
  • Unsalted nuts
  • Natural peanut butter or another nut butter
  • Seeds (sunflower, flax)
  • Popcorn (light, microwave)
  • Potatoes (white or sweet)
  • Spaghetti sauce

Read more about a Type 1 Diabetic Diet here: http://bit.ly/1jAuVkQ

Read more about Diabetes here: http://bit.ly/1jk6TKK

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